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THE FOOTLIGHT CLUB 

PRESENTS 
NOEL COWARD'S 

SUJthsi Spi^ 

An Improbable Farce in Three Acts 
Directed by Joan Foran 

THE CAST 

Edith JOAN PURFIELD 

Ruth MRS. EDWARD L. LAFFERTY 

Charles EVANS SCHWARZ 

Dr. Bradman AARON JACOBS 

Mrs. Bradman SUSAN STEELE 

Madame Acarti MRS. J. MARTIN WOODALL 

Elvira ANN STEWART 

The action of the play passes in the living-room of Charles Con- 
domine's house in Kent 

SCENES 
The time is the Present 

ACT I 

SCENE 1 : Before dinner on a summer evening 
SCENE 2: After dinner 

ACT II 

SCENE 1 : The next morning 

SCENE 2 : Late the following afternoon 

SCENE 3 : Early evening. A few days later 

ACT III 

SCENE 1 : After dinner. A few days later 
SCENE 2 : Several hours later 

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., N. Y. 



MANAGEMENT OF THE PLAY 

Production Manager and Who's Who Kay Mclntyre 

Assistant Production Manager Margaret Mann 

Stage Manager Barbara Keefe 

Scenic Design, Set Construction and Crew .... Edmund Cardone, Chris Cardone 

John Coolidge, Kenneth Sullivan, Joseph Fanning, 
Patricia Mclntyre, Jay Stewart 

Scenic Decor Mrs, F. Dennette Adams 

Lighting Design and Special Effects Margaret Keiley 

Lighting Crew Martin Landy, Michael Pavone 

Sound Arthur O'Malley 

Properties Ann Sullivan 

Prompter Joanne Kane 

Make-Up Mildred Adelson 

Social Chairman Virginia O'Neil 

Program Advertising Thomas E. Duffy 

Publicity Mr. and Mrs. William Presley, Nancy Levy 

The Club invites you to have refreshments in the William S. Parker 
Room following the first act. Lights will be dimmed shortly before the end 
of intermission. 

HOSTESSES 

Friday, December 7 — Mrs. Peter Leahy, Mrs. Ruth Bennett, Mrs. George 

Burbank, Mrs. Joanne Conley 
Saturday, December 8 — Mrs. Paul Kussman, Mrs. Virginia O'Neil, Mrs. F. 

Dennette Adams, Miss Marjorie Maguire 
Friday, December 14 — Mrs. J. Edward Keefe, Jr., Mrs. John Fletcher, Mrs. 

Allen McEachern, Mrs. M. Durfee Mosher 
Saturday, December 15 — Mrs. Paul Michalowski, Mrs. Albert Pavone, Mrs. 

Arthur MacPherson, Mrs. John Forbes 

USHERS 

Friday — Jane Foran, Betty Foran 
Saturday — Ellen Kussman, Claire Kussman 
Friday — Jeanne Michalowski, Patricia Mclntyre 
Saturday — Susan Mclntyre, Cynthia Pavone 

AT THE DOOR 

Friday — Dr. Peter Leahy 
Saturday — Paul Kussman 
Friday — J. Edward Keefe, Jr. 
Saturday — Paul Michalowski 



WHO'S WHO 



JOAN PURFIELD (Edith). We welcome this diminutive miss to 
the Footlight Club. An eager and interested actress, Joan formerly worked 
with various Little Theatre workshops. We hope Joan decides to become a 
regular Footlighter. 

MARGOT LAFFERTY (Ruth). An Off-Broadway performance in 
Our Lady of Fatima is a highlight of Margot's stage career. She acted in 
many productions during her school years, but retired, on marrying, to raise 
three sons. We are happy that Margot decided to return to the boards in 
a Footlight Club production. 

EVANS SCHWA RZ (Charles). Ev's credits, as a member of the Milton 
Players, include Linus in Sabrina, and Father Drobney in Don't Drink the 
Water. He walked into the role of Charles when, attending our Bazaar, he 
found the role open and won it. Welcome Evans. 

AARON JACOBS (Dr. Bradman). Aaron is a newcomer to Jamaica 
Plain and the Footlight Club, He not only acts, but is adept at all back- 
stage work, having obtained experience while performing the duties of stage 
manager and production manager with other Little Theatre groups. His 
most recent on-stage appearance was as Keeney in Funny Girl with the 
Wellesley Players. 

SUSAN STEELE (Mrs. Bradman). When this pretty brunette isn't 
working as a representative for a cosmetics firm, she enjoys being on stage. 
When she was a member of the University of Massachusetts Drama Club she 
appeared in Oedipus Rex. 

ALICE WOOD ALL (Madame Acarti). The incomparable Alice's 
Footlight career started, believe it or not, in Yes Or No in 1942, and she has 
been an invaluable member of the Club since then. Always on hand with 
her own inimitable ideas, advice and charm, it just wouldn't be the Footlight 
Club without her. 



ANN STEWART (Elvira). Aaress, teacher, lecturer, mother, Ann 
wears many hats and all with her own particular flair. She cried through 
Hogan's Goat, purred through Plaza Suite, and trod lightly through Twi- 
light Walk. Our Newton beauty is truly one of the Footlight Club's assets. 

JOAN FORAN (Dirertor). Despite being the working mother of 
six charming daughters, and the tireless chairman of our annual Bazaar, Joan 
willingly agreed to direct our first production for this season. Previously 
she directed Halfway Up the Tree, in addition to the Junior members pro- 
duction of Visit to a Small Planet. Her list of roles in Footlight Club plays 
is a measure of her diversity on stage. Her credits include appearances in 
Night of the Iguana, Fumed Oak, The Women, and Light Up the Sky. She 
has, in addition, planned and M.C.'d some great entertainment at Club meet- 
ings. We are indebted to this lady of many talents and accomplishments. 



And now a generous tribute to a devoted, tireless group of Little 
Theatre enthusiasts who strive and "perform" unseen on the edges of the 
stage so that a play may be presented. 

We speak of those who place and operate the lights, who render 
sound effects, control the stage properties, design and construct the set, 
select or create appropriate costumes and provide the make-up of the 
players. In addition, there in the wings betimes is the steady, loyal, unsung 
prompter, who task is compensated by a devotion to the theatre, a love that 
proves "the play's the thing." An almost endless list of duties is performed 
by many such unsung heroes and heroines without whose work a play could 
not be staged. 

So, tonight as the theatre rings with applause for those who take 
their bows, may these words be a warm, appreciative "bravo" for the efforts 
of the unseen crew backstage. 



Thomas E. Duffy